After many feared that Novak Djokovic could have suffered a serious wrist injury that could derail his 2014 season, the world No. 2 has revealed that the injury was a minor one and that he would be ready in time for the remainder of the clay court season.
“Fortunately, the situation with the injury is better than it first seemed,” said Djokovic.”Doctors assured me that I will be ready for Madrid, then Rome and Roland Garros, just as it has been planned. However, I need to continue with the recovery process and full medical treatments. It means I will have to take a short break in order to recover as soon as possible.”
The Serbian No. 1 was in fantastic form throughout his week in Monte Carlo, as he dropped only two games in his first two matches at the event, but after facing a tough battle against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Djokovic came out in his semi-final match against Roger Federer with a heavily bandaged right arm. After dropping the opening set 5-7 in a tight battle, the pain would become evident on Novak’s face and he would lose the following set 2-6, winning less than five points on Federer’s serve.
Djokovic’s situation is far better than Del Potro’s, who missed most of the 2010 season after having surgery on his right wrist and is now facing another extended period on the sidelines following an operation on his left wrist last month. Another player facing wrist trouble is Laura Robson, who will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after deciding to have surgery on her left wrist. She has only played one match so far in 2014.
The Mutua Madrid Open takes place between May 4-11 in Madrid, Spain